The Edit | Sculptural Staircases

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Enjoy a swift descent down eight sculptural staircases; the focal point of a multi-level home.

Aside from fulfilling its functional purpose of connecting one area of the home to another, a sculptural staircase is an arresting design and aesthetic feat. Appreciate the architectural brilliance of eight sculptural staircases inside some of our favourite Australian homes.

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Birch Tree House by Susi Leeton Architecture + Interiors

Curved and linear elements come together in the Birch Tree House designed by architect Susi Leeton. The home’s curvaceous stairwell sets the tone from entry, with textural polished plaster accentuating its form and scale. A generous overhead skylight illuminates the enveloping structure and the soft materials within.

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Armadale Residence by Rob Mills

Once an old cardboard factory, this polished Melbourne warehouse conversion by Rob Mills is one for the books, as it asserts magnificent scale on a small footprint. The home features a 3.4-metre ceiling height and the architect’s signature black marble and stucco stairs to guide you through its unique twists and turns.

Arc Side by Jolson Architecture and Interiors

The central staircase is the hero of Arc Side by Jolson Architecture and Interiors, bringing a soft sculptural theme from the ground up. The twisting structure, composed of steel and encased in a reflective, polished plaster finish compliments the neutral and natural interior palette.

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Toorak House by Cera Stribley

The monumental Toorak House is a four-level home; the result of architects Cera Stribley and interior designer Alice Villella‘s design collaboration. The grand lobby houses an impressive plastered staircase set within a double-height void. This stairwell is unique, as it is conceived as a piece of sculpture, melding within the contemporary features of the home.

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Peppertree House by Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alwill Interiors

The home of Camilla Freeman-Topper, one half of the Camilla and Marc fashion label, is a refined home that pushed design boundaries in finishes, forms and styles.  The staircase, designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects, is the home’s centrepiece – establishing a spine that ribbons through all three storeys. Its burnished brass handrail contrasts against the creamy Italian stucco lustre and delicate Bocci 21 Series ceramic pendants.

House IV by Lawless & Meyerson

Designed by interior design studio Lawless & Meyerson and architects MHNDU, the spiral staircase is the spine of House IV. Linking all three levels of the home, it has soft curves of pale oak timber and white plaster highlighted by a circular skylight; described by designer Jo Lawless as ‘hard to draw [but] harder to build’.

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Potts Point by Flack Studio

Flack Studio’s Potts Point staircase is inspired by the Sydney Opera House; a carved wooden handrail following the smooth, curved shape throughout the home’s levels to the rooftop. The Waterstone polished plaster finish contributes to the diverse material palette, enhanced by textural artworks from Glenn Barkley, Peter Cooley and Troy Emery.

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